Are you over the age of 40? Have you noticed you have trouble reading your mobile phone? Are you stretching your arms or worse, using the flashlight on your phone to read the menu? These can be very frustrating experiences, but it means you have been lucky enough to live this long. Almost everyone between the ages of 40-50 develops presbyopia, the decreased ability to focus on near objects. Here at Providence Eye & Laser Specialists, we can help alleviate vision issues for near and far-sighted patients through suitable eye surgery procedures.

For many years, dreaded reading glasses or bifocals were the only available treatment for presbyopia. However, thanks to technological advances, that is no longer the case. Today, people have several surgical options that correct both distance and reading vision issues. These procedures can be extremely successful, as long as your surgeon deems you an ideal candidate.

Potential solutions for Patients With Near and Far-Sightedness

Monovision - Currently the most common surgical solution to correct near and distance vision issues simultaneously. Monovision is when the non-dominant eye is corrected for near vision and the dominant eye for distance vision. Due to the brain’s powerful ability to adapt, this vision functions very well after recovery is complete.

Monovision can be accomplished surgically with:

  1. All-Laser LASIK or
  2. PRK

Patients who are not currently wearing monovision contact lenses must do so prior to having monovision LASIK or PRK. We call this a “test drive,” just like test driving a car. You will experience the results of the procedure prior to having it. Providence Eye provides this “test driving” service under the direction of Dr. Mills, our contact lens expert.

Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE) - Although a more invasive procedure, it is more suitable and should be considered for patients who:

  1. Over the age of 50 who are not ideal candidates for LASIK or PRK due to being severely farsighted.
  2. Over the age of 50 who are moderately to severely nearsighted and presbyopic with the early stages of cataracts.

As with all medical procedures, patients should always obtain a second opinion. While this seems like a big commitment, consider the precious nature of your eyes. Whether you’re hoping to receive laser eye surgery or undergo lens replacement surgery, selecting an inappropriate procedure or unqualified eye surgeon could be a decision you regret for the rest of your life. Be diligent and thorough in researching any vision correction procedure before heading into surgery - your eyes will thank you!

Ready to Learn More About Correcting Both Your Distance and Near Vision?

Reach out and speak to one of our vision correction coordinators and we can schedule you for the appropriate consultation.

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